Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Newly-acquired 1917 Casavant Now Largest in China

Restoration Project for China’s Largest Pipe Organ “Made in 1917, the Casavant Frères pipe organ, a 35-ton pipe organ with 7,451 pipes, is 13 metres in height and 12.5 metres in width, and is even larger than the one installed … Continue reading

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Orgues Létourneau Builds in Dallas, Texas (video)

Dallas School Builds Pipe Organ to Last 100 Years Well, I imagine that Orgues Létourneau does not find this startling; properly built and maintained organs can easily last well past the mark of a century. I was privileged to take a … Continue reading

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Ciampa, Whitney, a 1916 Chickering, and an 1895 Ryder

New Music Director at Westborough The Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough, Massachusetts, is pleased to announce the hiring of Leonardo Ciampa of Natick as Music Director. Leonardo Ciampa has long been a well-respected organist, pianist, and composer in the … Continue reading

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Scott Foppiano Plays Kansas City’s Great Robert-Morton

Scott Foppiano Tickles the Keys at KCMH’s Robert-Morton “The Robert-Morton theater organ of Kansas City’s Music Hall rose, once again, Sunday, from the basement of the stage, this time, to the tune of “I’m looking over a four-leaf clover,” played … Continue reading

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Congregational Church’s Hook & Hastings after 30 Years

First Congregational Church’s Organ to Bellow Music Again This is an unusual story about the Hook & Hastings in First Congregational Church in Lee, Massachusetts. For those trying to raise money, take heart at how long they were at it. … Continue reading

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OK, To Start With We’ll Hear the Reger B-A-C-H

Who Said ‘Massive’ and ‘Foreboding’ Can’t Be Enjoyable? Paul Jacobs played at Juilliard and this was the headline. Ha! The program notes might have scared anyone away. Max Reger is “frequently described as one of the most ‘difficult’ composers in … Continue reading

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Allow Extra Travel Time for Vehicle and Photo ID Inspection

John West Will Play World’s Largest Chapel Pipe Organ “The West Point Cadet Chapel will open this year of Class of 1936 organ recitals on Sunday, Sept. 28, with the appearance of the young organist, John West. The recital of … Continue reading

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John Overton has been Harvesting Organs

Group’s Organ Rescue Project a Resounding Success While my headline will no doubt be picked up by Google as, shall we say, something completely different, it’s one way to look at what this group based in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is … Continue reading

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Reading’s Father Willis is 150 & Going Strong

150th Anniversary Celebrations for Reading’s ‘Father’ Willis As a mental palette cleanser to the image an heritage instrument being abandoned and rescued, albeit temporarily, by installation in a backyard garden, here’s real celebratory story about the great Reading Father Willis. … Continue reading

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1913 Hutchings in First Presbyterian, Sheridan, Wyoming

Local Pipe Organ Oldest in Wyoming There are two pipe organs in Sheridan, Wyoming, and you’re looking at one of them in the photo above. You may have guessed it’s a Hutchings, but check the article for more details. Be … Continue reading

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